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2020

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Alicia Peaker (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a position as Digital Scholarship Librarian for the Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship department at Barnard University.

2019

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Laura Proszak (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor and Composition Coordinator at Mercy College in New York.

2018

J. Sebastián Alberdi (B.A.’17, Writing minor) has accepted a position as Literary Associate at the Huntington Theater Company. In August 2018, Sebastián was a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. He studied with Luis Alfaro and all the other fellows in LA at the 2018 Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Sebastian’s capstone project, “YES, an erasure of Ulysses‘s final chapter,” written with guidance from Professors Patrick Mullen and Ellen Noonan, was published by Ghost City Press in February 2018.

2017

Victoria Papa (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English/Communications at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Archived Alumni Updates

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Claire Dickerson (B.A. Linguistics/English ’20) has accepted the offer of admission to the English M.A. program at Uppsala University in Sweden. Updated June 2020
  • Isabella Viega (B.A. ’19) has accepted the offer of admission to the Master of Studies in Victorian Literature program at Oxford University. Updated June 2020
  • Taryn Gilligan (BA ’15) has accepted the offer of admission to the English M.A. program at Northeastern University. Updated April 2020

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Richard “Brice” Lanham (M.A. ’20) has accepted a full-time offer of employment as the Associate Digital Content Manager for National Geographic Learning (formerly his co-op employer!). Updated September 2020
  • Avery Blankenship (M.A. ’20) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. Updated March 2020
  • Vijeta Saini (M.A. ’20) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. Updated March 2020

Doctoral Program

  • Arsalan ul Haq (Ph.D. ’20) has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate for the Writing Program at Northeastern University. Updated October 2020
  • Bill Quinn (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a position as the Semantic Data Specialist for Snell Library. He will be working with the Digital Scholarship Group and the Massachusetts Historical Society to help publish digital scholarly editions of various historical documents. Updated September 2020
  • Amy S. Kaufman (Ph.D. ’06) published her book The Devil’s Historians: How Modern Extremists Abuse the Medieval Past via University of Toronto Press in May 2020. Updated September 2020
  • Tabitha Kenlon (Ph.D. ’14) published their book Conduct Books and the History of the Ideal Woman via Anthem Press in March 2020. Updated June 2020
  • Jonathan Osborne (Ph.D. ’20) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Rhetoric in the English Department at Louisiana State University starting this fall. Updated April 2020
  • Heather Falconer (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a tenure-track position Assistant Professor of Writing at Curry College starting this fall. Updated April 2020
  • Shun Kiang (Ph.D. ’15) has won the New Faculty of the Year Award from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he teaches as an Assistant Professor of English. Updated April 2020
  • Alicia Peaker (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted the position of Digital Scholarship Librarian for the Barnard Library Teaching, Learning and Digital Scholarship department at Barnard College. Updated February 2020

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Tom Murphy (B.A. English/Economics ’13) has accepted a position overseeing investment properties as a Transitional Asset Manager for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds in St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • Candice ‘Coco’ Lam (B.A. English ’19) has accepted an offer of admission to the MA/MS dual degree program in History/Archives Management at Simmons University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Rhya Brooke (M.A. ’19) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Austin. Updated April 2019
  • Alexander Slotkin (M.A. ’19) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at the University of Florida. Updated April 2019
  • Kyle Wholey (M.A. ’19) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. Updated April 2019

Doctoral Program

  • Genie Giaimo (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center at Middlebury College. Updated August 2019
  • Sarah Payne (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, starting in August 2019. Updated June 2019
  • Elizabeth Polcha (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a Barra Postdoctoral Fellowship at the McNeil Center in Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She will begin her two-year appointment at the McNeil Center in Fall 2019. Updated April 2019
  • Laura Proszak (Ph.D. ’19) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor and Composition Coordinator at Mercy College in New York. Updated April 2019

Undergraduate Alumni

  • J. Sebastián Alberdi (B.A.’17, Writing minor) has accepted a position as Literary Associate at the Huntington Theater Company. In August 2018, Sebastián was a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. He studied with Luis Alfaro and all the other fellows in LA at the 2018 Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. Sebastian’s capstone project, “YES, an erasure of Ulysses‘s final chapter,” written with guidance from Professors Patrick Mullen and Ellen Noonan, was published by Ghost City Press in February 2018. Updated August 2018
  • Victoria Comella (B.A.’05) worked in book publishing from 2006-2017, with time spent at both Penguin Random House and HarperCollins Publishers. Her most recent role at HarperCollins was Director of Publicity. Throughout her career, Victoria managed high profile bestselling authors, industry and thought leaders, politicians, and celebrity personalities. She moved to Atlanta in 2017 where she is currently the Director of Communications for Emory University. Updated December 2018
  • Yvonne Lee (B.A. English and Communication Studies ’18) completed an internship at Mailchimp and was given a return offer as a full-time UX Content Strategist. Updated August 2018
  • Joanne Lynch (B.A. ’78, M.Ed. ’90) is the Assistant Dean of Admission at University of Rhode Island. Joanne has worked in higher ed for more than 30 years. She’s a National Certified Counselor. Joanne has served on nonprofit boards for Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England and the Jonnycake Center of PeaceDale (RI). Updated August 2018
  • Liane Marquis (B.A. ’06) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at NYU. She’ll be defending her dissertation at the University of Chicago in April 2018. Liane graduated magna cum laude with her M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Yale University in 2012 before entering the doctoral program in Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East studies at the University of Chicago in fall 2012. Updated March 2018
  • Sneha Pandya (B.A. ’17) is starting at Columbia Law School in Fall 2018. “Many thanks to the brilliant English professors who encouraged me along this path (especially Patrick Mullen and Bonnie TuSmith) and the CSSH professors who supported me in my research (especially Liza Weinstein).” Updated August 2018
  • Lauren Smith (B.A. ’17) has been accepted into Northeastern University’s College of Information and Computer Science ALIGN program for an MS in Computer Science. Updated May 2018
  • Jessica Ward (B.A. ’12) earned her M.Ed in Higher Education from Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies. She served her alma mater in Northeastern’s Undergraduate Admissions Office for five years and is now Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Updated January 2018
  • Gary Wilson (B.A. ’16) has accepted a position as an Assistant Director of Admissions at MCPHS University. Updated May 2018
  • Jess Yuscavitch Freedman (B.A. English/Communication Studies ’12) is a UX Content Strategist at Facebook. Updated May 2018

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Kayla Allen (B.A.’16, M.A.’17) has accepted a full-time position as a Theatre Services Associate at the Boch Center. Updated April 2018
  • Aislyn Fredsall (B.A.’16, M.A.’17) is working for Macmillan Learning as an editorial assistant for the writing handbooks team. Updated April 2018
  • Brett Ingram (M.A. ’03, Ph.D. UMass-Amherst ’12) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Communication department at Boston College. Updated May 2018
  • Jessica (Russell) Morrow (M.A.’12) serves as the Assistant Director of Stewardship in University Advancement at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Updated December 2018
  • Jessica Myers (M.A. ’17) has accepted a position as Public Relations Manager at Kronos Incorporated. Updated October 2018
  • Jessica Pauszek (M.A. ’12, Ph.D. Syracuse University ’17) won the 2018 CCCC Emergent Researcher Award. Jessica is currently the Director of Writing and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Updated January 2018

Doctoral Program

  • Gregory Cass (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted a full-time teaching position in the Lasell College Writing Department. Updated March 2018
  • Heather Falconer (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing at Curry College for the 2018-2019 academic year. She has also joined the Perspectives in Writing book series (through The WAC Clearinghouse) as Associate Editor. Updated May 2018
  • Jonathan Fitzgerald (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Humanities at Regis College in Weston, MA. Updated October 2018
  • Shannon Garner-Balandrin (Ph.D. ’17)‘s scholarly article, “Pathetic Kairos and Prophecy in a Shakespearean Anthropocene,” appears in Early Modern Culture, Volume 13 (2018). Updated May 2018
  • Kasra Ghorbaninejad (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a position at UCLA’s Digital Library Program. Kasra’s title will be Sinai Library Digitization Project Data and Metadata Coordinator (SLDP-DMC) at the rank of Principal Museum Scientist. Updated December 2018
  • Sarah Hastings (M.A. ’07, Ph.D. ’17) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English at Rowan College at Gloucester County in Sewell, NJ. Updated April 2018
  • Shun Y. Kiang (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in English, specializing in 20th- and 21st-century British literature, at the University of Central Oklahoma. Updated March 2018
  • Alexander Moffett (Ph.D. ’05) was elected Director of the Development of Western Civilization Program, the core humanities class for first- and second-year students at Providence College in Rhode Island. Dr. Moffett is an Associate Professor of English at Providence College. Updated December 2018
  • Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou (Ph.D. ’17) has accepted a position as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Grinnell College with a double appointment in GWSS and English. Updated August 2018
  • Amanda Blair Runyan (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted a job as Assistant Professor at Butte College in Northern California. Updated June 2018
  • Kevin G. Smith (Ph.D. ’18) has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of English at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Updated April 2018
  • Ethan Whittet (Ph.D. ’17) has accepted a position as English Language Specialist for Global Student Success in the Northeastern College of Professional Studies. Updated May 2018
  • Tanya Zhelezcheva (Ph.D. ’11) was awarded tenure at Queensborough Community College. Updated October 2018

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Nadia Ahmed (B.A. ’15) has been admitted to the University of Edinburgh’s Masters of Science program in Comparative Literature. Updated March 2017
  • J. Sebastian Alberdi (B.A.’17) will begin a year-long Literary Apprenticeship with The Huntington Theatre Company in September 2017. Updated May 2017
  • Kristin Allard (B.A.’17) will be attending the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford University, starting in September 2017. Updated May 2017
  • Andrea Bunker (B.A. ’02) is Library Director of the historic Woburn Public Library. After earning her undergraduate degree here, she earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Rhode Island. Updated September 2017
  • Joanne Choi (B.A.’17) will be attending graduate school and will be a New York City Teaching Fellow, starting in June 2017. Updated May 2017
  • Casey Curry (B.A.’13) has been admitted to the Master’s program in the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Oregon. Updated April 2017
  • Maura Fertich (B.A.’17) will be the Marketing Coordinator at Instafreebie, starting in June 2017. Updated May 2017
  • Elise Funke (B.A.’13) graduated from Columbia Law School. She is currently a litigator at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York City. Updated December 2017
  • Lyndon Nicholas (B.A. ’16) is an intern with Democracy Now!’s Education department. In 2016, Lyndon was a Teaching Fellow at Practice Makes Perfect, a summer learning program for inner-city youth in New York City, and a student teacher at New Mission High School in Hyde Park, MA. Updated January 2017
  • Ana Porta (B.A.’17) begins a year of service with AmeriCorps’ City Year program in Philadelphia in August 2017. Updated May 2017
  • Brittney Rizo (B.A. ’14) is the Director of Outreach and Training for the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance. Updated January 2017
  • Matt Skelly (B.A. ’91) teaches English to sophomores and juniors at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Marlborough, MA. Updated January 2017
  • Lauren Smith (B.A.’17) is Programs Coordinator for GrubStreet. Updated May 2017
  • Sara Tucker (B.A.’17) is Production Editor at BookBub. Updated May 2017
  • Jessica Yuscavitch (B.A. ’13) is Senior Content Strategist for User Experience Design at Fidelity Investments. Updated January 2017

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Param Ajmera (M.A. ’17) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center. Updated May 2017
  • Dennis Daly’s (M.A. ’75) book of translations, Twenty-One Ghazals by Alisher Navoiy, was released by Cervena Barva Press in December 2016. Daly’s book of poetry, Sentinel, was released by Red Dashboard Publishing in August 2016. Updated January 2017
  • Abbie Levesque (M.A. ’17) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at Northeastern University. Updated May 2017
  • Jessica Myers (M.A. ’17) is a Senior Content Analyst at athenahealth. Updated May 2017 
  • Jessica Pauszek (M.A. ’12) is the Director of Writing and Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in May 2017. Updated December 2017
  • Zachary Shaw (M.A. ’17) has accepted the offer of admission to the English Ph.D. program at the University of Florida in the Film and Media Studies track. Updated May 2017

Doctoral Program

  • Erin Frymire (Ph.D. ’17) has recently accepted a full-time lecturer position in the Allan K. Smith Center for Writing and Rhetoric at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Updated May 2017 
  • Dana Horton (Ph.D. ’17) has recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English specializing in African American Literature in the Department of Literature and Language at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Updated May 2017
  • Shun Y. Kiang (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted a position of Lecturer in the SAGES program, housed in the English Department, at Case Western Reserve University. Updated August 2017
  • Lauren Kuryloski (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted a position of Lecturer in English at the United States Coast Guard Academy. Updated August 2017
  • Victoria Papa (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English/Communications at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Updated March 2017
  • Art Zilleruelo‘s (Ph.D. ’13) has accepted the position of Assistant Teaching Professor of English at Penn State Schuylkill. His first book of poetry, The Last Map, was published by Unsolicited Press in May 2017. Updated August 2017

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Leah C. Bognanni (B.A. ’16) has been admitted to the M.F.A. program in Writing for the Screen and Stage at Northwestern University. Updated May 2016
  • Elizabeth Boyles (B.A. ’14) has been admitted to the M.Sc. in Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto. Updated May 2016
  • Casey Curry (B.A. ’13) the manager of exhibitions at the New Art Center in Newton, MA. Updated May 2016
  • Cristina Esposito (B.A. ’15) has been admitted to the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). Updated July 2016
  • Halley Fisher (B.A. ’16) has been admitted to the School of Law at Northeastern University. Updated May 2016
  • Hanna Gibeau (B.A. ’15) has accepted the position of Editorial Assistant for Ballantine Bantam Dell at Penguin Random House in New York. Updated June 2016
  • Suzanne Igarteburu (B.A. ’09) is Senior Program Manager at Raising a Reader Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that promotes early literacy in gateway communities. Updated May 2016
  • Emily Lemiska (B.A. ’08) is the Associate Director of State Advocacy at US Pain Foundation, the nation’s largest chronic pain advocacy organization. Updated May 2016
  • Lisa Olaynack (B.S. ’89) teaches English Language Arts to 6th graders at Newport Public Schools. Updated June 2016
  • Janice Pires (B.A. ’15) was admitted to the Boston Teacher Residency program. Updated September 2016
  • Michael Thibodeau (B.A. ’14) has been named Milford, Connecticut’s first poet laureate. Updated July 2016

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Kevin Cassell (M.A. ’89) went on to earn a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University in 2014. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Humanities at SUNY College of Technology, Alfred State. Updated June 2016
  • Leah Lapszynski (M.A. ’15) has accepted a position as an Academic Program Specialist in the English Department at Florida State University. Previously, she spent a year growing the arts community in Dothan, Alabama at the Wiregrass Museum of Art as their Education and Public Programs Coordinator. Updated June 2016
  • Rachel Lewis (M.A. ’11, Ph.D. in progress) was awarded the 2016 CCCC Gloria Anzaldúa Rhetorician Award.
  • Ellen Noonan (M.A. ’93), Associate Teaching Professor of English at Northeastern University, is the new position of Director of the Writing Minor. Updated July 2016
  • Vijeta Pai (M.A.’15) is a Program Manager at Akamai Technologies. Updated September 2016
  • James Stanfill (M.A. ’14) is a Communications Specialist for Northeastern University’s Center for Complex Network Research. Updated December 2016
  • Sarah Stanley (M.A. ’15) has been elected to the Technical Council of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, joining a very distinguished international team of experts. Updated October 2016

Doctoral Program

  • Mary Balestraci’s (Ph.D. ’10) scholarly article, “Shakespeare’s ‘Wonderful Woman’: A Victorian Defense of Lady Macbeth,” was published in Volume 43 (2015) of the Victorians Institute Journal. Updated November 2016
  • Michele Braun (Ph.D. ’10) is Program Director for the Centre for Extension Credit at Mount Royal University. The Centre is a new initiative to deliver credit offerings to learners not traditionally served by the university using delivery methods not usually used to teach their students. Program offerings are collaborative, involving multiple faculties, and the implementation of the model requires the academic expertise of a Ph.D.-holder and the business acumen of an M.B.A.-holder (which Michele earned in 2016 from the University of Calgary). Updated May 2016
  • Sarah Connell (Ph.D. ’14) has been appointed to a new joint position as Assistant Director of NULab and Assistant Director of the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University. Updated September 2016
  • Lana Cook (Ph.D. ’14) is a Development Associate in the Office of Digital Learning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Updated June 2016
  • Genie Giaimo (Ph.D. ’14) has accepted the position of Director of the Writing Center at The Ohio State University. Her scholarly article, Memory, Brains, and Narrative?: The Humanities as a Testing-Ground for Bioethical Scenerio-Building, was published in the Spring 2016 issue of Literature and Medicine. Updated August 2016
  • Kristi Girdharry (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English (tenure-track) at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. Updated August 2016
  • Elizabeth Hopwood (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted the position of Instructor in Digital Humanities and Textual Studies at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH) at Loyola University Chicago. Updated July 2016
  • Steven Kapica (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted the position of Writing Program Director at the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Updated May 2016
  • Shun Yin Kiang (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted the position of visiting assistant professor at Stetson University for the academic year of 2016-2017. Updated June 2016
  • Charles Lesh (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University. Updated May 2016
  • Stephanie Loomis Pappas (Ph.D. ’13) started the research-based parenting blog snackdinner.com, “a resource for people who want to be better researchers and better parents.” Updated April 2016 
  • Jennifer Krusinger Martin (Ph.D. ’10) has accepted the position of full-time faculty member in English and Director of the First-Year English Program at Mount Ida College, starting in fall 2016. Updated May 2016
  • Kate Simpkins (Ph.D. ’16) has accepted a full-time faculty position in the English Communications Division at Wallace Community College in Dothan, Alabama. Updated August 2016
  • Tony Trigilio’s (Ph.D. ’97) new book, Inside the Walls of My Own House: The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 2, was released in October 2016 by BlazeVOX. Updated October 2016

Undergraduate Alumni

  • Tesla Cariani (B.A. ’13), Cinema Studies/English, has been admitted to the doctoral program in the Department of English at Emory University. Updated March 2015
  • Joshua Olejarz (B.A. ’10) is an Assistant Editor at the Harvard Business Review. Before he accepted the position at HBR, Joshua worked in publishing for a year at Penguin in NYC and earned his M.A. in Film Studies at UCLA. Updated October 2015
  • Laura Woollett’s (B.A. ’02) book, Big Top Burning: The True Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and The Greatest Show On Earth, was published by Chicago Review Press in June 2015. Laura earned her M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and is Senior Editor at Heinemann Publishing. Updated August 2015
  • Esma Yucel (B.A. ’07) completed a Master’s degree in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne in 2012 and continues to work and volunteer for non-profit organizations in Australia. Updated September 2015

Graduate Alumni

Master of Arts Program

  • Aleks Galus (M.A. ’13) is entering the Ph.D. program at Loyola University Chicago this fall. Updated July 2015
  • Rebecca (McLaughlin) Petitti (M.A.’15) is entering the Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric at UMass-Amherst, starting in fall 2015. Updated August 2015
  • Sarah Stanley (M.A. ’15) has accepted the position of Digital Scholarship Support Specialist at the Florida State University libraries, in the Digital Research and Scholarship division. Updated November 2015

Doctoral Program

  • o Emily Artiano (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted a full-time position as Lecturer in the Writing Program in the Dornsife College of the University of Southern California. Updated April 2015
  • Donna Decker (Ph.D. ’05)’s novel, Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, was published by Inanna Publications in May 2015. Updated December 2015
  • Shun Yin Kiang (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Bunker Hill Community College, where he has been teaching as an adjunct professor for several years. In addition, Shun’s scholarly article, “Failures That Connect; or, Colonial Friendships in E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India,” has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Ariel: A Review of International English Literature. Updated June 2015
  • Jim McGrath (Ph.D. ’15) has accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Public Humanities at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University. Updated August 2015
  • Art Zilleruelo’s (Ph.D. ’13) chapbook of poetry, Weird Vocation, has been published by Kattywompus Press, Boston. Updated October 2015